2015 Summer Reading Program
Want a summer reading list? Click here for Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8.
Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
Calling all Thinkers, Inventors and Tinkerers to explore 3-D Printing, Wearable Technology and more!
Gaining STEAM in Your Library
Millions of people visit the public library every year. In 2014 over 3 million people visited an Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System location, and as a result over 2,758,652 books were checked out!
In summer 2014 nearly 30,000 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. The library is one of the most populated places during the summer for children. This summer the Library System will bring a new level of discovery to children through scientific literacy with STEAM programs.
Have you ever read a book that was so exciting, so amazing that you desperately wished that you could do some of the cool things in the book? The Atlanta-Fulton Library System, with the sponsorship of the Goddard Foundation, are joining forces with Generation Infocus during the Summer Reading Program to provide extreme STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming that will transform your summer from ordinary to EXTRAordinary. Each studio class will provide participants with a hands-on project that exemplifies an element of STEAM. After each program, students will be able to dive into the subject further by exploring the related enrichment reading resources that are featured in each library.
During this summer of STEAM reading, let your imagination catapult you to “hero status.” By joining us, you will have the power to bring science fiction to life in our libraries with programs such as wearable technology, a super foods vegan chef or turning fantasy into to reality in our Story Mural studio. This STEAM-packed summer is guaranteed to be a summer you soon won’t forget!
Looking for a fun and easy way to give your child the best start in school?
Read with them! Research shows that reading books and sharing stories with your child is one of the best ways to help them enter school with the language skills they need to be ready to learn and grow. Challenge your family to read 1,000 Books “B4” Kindergarten – it’s a fun way to motivate the whole family!
Visit your local library for a 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten Reading Log.
- Make a note of all the books that your child hears – bedtime stories, in a waiting room, in the car, at school, church, preschool or daycare – any and all books count!
- Be sure to continue to visit your local public library to borrow books and check out more resources to help your child get ready to read.
Contact your local Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System branch to pick up your Reading Log or more information.You can also click here to print out a Reading Log. Program ends July 31, 2015.
Vote for the 2015 Milner Award winner at www.themilneraward.org
The Milner Award encourages children to read by empowering them to select their favorite authors and then bring them to Atlanta for the Milner Award Program each year. School children and their teachers and media specialists have the opportunity to come to the free program to meet the author in person and hear them speak. The winning author is chosen by votes gathered both in the elementary schools and in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System branches.
Here’s How it Works:
- Vote once for your favorite author
- Vote by ballot at your school or library or online at www.themilneraward.org
- Author must be living and cannot have won before (see list of past winners on website)
- The school with the most votes will be given front-row seating and one lucky student will present the award to the winning author for the fall program
2014 Milner Award Winner
Rachel Renee Russell, author of Dork Diaries
PINES Kids’ Catalog
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Parents and Caregivers: Help Your Child Enjoy Reading!
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